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The burden of knowing by Nkateko Tshabalala

[tabby title="Poem"] The burden of knowing I know the sacrifice of givingthe emptiness in fulfillmentI’ve seen boulders smitten by pebblesOceans tamed by riversI have found meaning, that is meaningless in the songs of lightI know of quests that laid bare...

Killing flowers to impress you by Nkateko Tshabalala

[tabby title="Poem"] I’ll find spaces in your heart, where you don’t have to love meDreams where you don’t have to see my faceWinds that carry my scent away from youThe streams of my tears that flow away from youMemories that...

Stained by the colors of love by Nkateko Tshabalala

[tabby title="Poem"] I am stained by the colors dripping from your wand,I am devoted to the spasms of loveThe words pouring through your fingersThe laughter is loud from the opulence of your faceTalk to me about the parables of the...

A curse for my beloved by Nkateko Tshabalala

[tabby title="Poem"] A love that behoves, is a love that begs admiration from its reflection in the mirrorLonging for a splice at the last oasisParched from prayers answered only with promisesThe wandering heart stumbles in a mirage of spiced waterThe...

Crowded meditations by Nkateko Tshabalala

[tabby title="Poem"] Nurturing the misunderstoodA suckle through a crevicePeeling the spirals of thoughtsEach one a symbiosis of dreams that find life in memoriesIt is not the hole that’s deep, it’s the abyss that swallows the lightThe protrusion of warts was...